Farm Photo Friday: July 11, 2014

Every Friday we share some snaps from our 333-acres in Kutztown, PA. Our photographers? The staff members who keep this farm chugging along. Enjoy a sneak peek at what’s going on here at Rodale Institute!

There are a lot of new things on the farm this week, from people to plants to peeps!


We have some new workers on the farm!

The Summer Work Experience and Assessment Program (SWEAP) would like to thank Rodale Institute for providing a real work experience for Berks County youth with Individualized Education Plans (IEP’S) who are preparing to transition from school to adult life.

Summer employment opportunities are instrumental for youth to develop job skills by learning and improving basic work attitudes, behaviors, soft skills and safety practices essential for entry-level employment.

Youth earn their first paychecks, develop references, initiate a work history all of which contribute to positive self-esteem and reinforces the value of work.

Top row from left to right: Pattie Weaver, Zach Parsons, John Hopkins-Renninger, Mary Jo Kuhwald and Josh Keck. Bottom row from left to right: Michelle McBride, Taylor Grace, Hailey Frack and Madison Heffner.

The Development and Communications Department gets to work weeding their pumpkin & squash row, as part of the new Adopt-A-Pumpkin-Patch Program! Whichever department has the nicest-looking row will win!

Despite their menacing appearance, these Assassin bugs are actually super beneficial to the sunflower plants, because they take care of the bugs we don't want! Let's just say they are expert pest managers...

Can you believe these Lantana flowers are real? A bunch of beautiful blooms arrived this week for the Midsummer Makeover Plant Sale this weekend!

More beautiful blooms! These are petite sunflowers.

Looks like the veggies are getting squashed by the leaves and stems!

Look at this broccoli plant getting its brassica in gear!

And these Dutch Shallots Shallnot be overlooked!

A beautiful bounty of beans picked by some of our workers! I've bean meaning to tell them they're doing a great job!

And last but not least, new members of the fluffy farm family! These chicks didn't even have the manners to look at the camera. Were they born in a barn?!?!? Well, yes. Yes they were.

Don’t forget… Show your organic love!

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